In the coming decade, the ever-turbulent “arc of instability” spanning across the Broader Middle East is expected to pose substantial, complex and intricate challenges to international security and the global marketplace. While Israel is at the forefront of these unprecedented strategic threats and risks, if not efficiently dealt with, they are most likely to daunt the global and regional agenda for years to come.
The Institute for Policy and Strategy’s highly qualified research team, in cooperation with renowned think-tanks, scholars and practitioners, lead a series of in-depth projects relating to strategic trends in the Middle East and the Muslim World based on a profound understanding of political and religious culture of the countries and actors in the Middle East. These policy-oriented projects focus on radical Islam, the regional strategy of Iran, nuclear proliferation, deterrence, regional stability, and social-political stability of key Middle East countries.
One of the main projects is an ongoing assessment of the implications of a “Poly-nuclear” Middle East that examines the possible contingency of a nuclear arms race in the region following Iran’s acquisition of nuclear capabilities. This project includes studies on nuclear posturing, strategic culture, and command and control practices that may be anticipated from Middle Eastern countries once they acquire nuclear weapons.
The IPS has also initiated a project dealing with the US projection of power and influence in the Middle East that focuses on the impact of global power relations on the interests of key Middle East countries. The assessment of regional perceptions of US relative power and influence is an essential component in understanding macro-regional stability and in examining potential regional strategic contingencies.
In this area of expertise, the IPS has also launched a global corporate program that provides consultancy services to financial, industrial and commercial organizations that are exposed – directly and indirectly – to Middle East strategic fluctuations. This program offers organizations on-demand response and assessment of unfolding events in the region, holding roundtable sessions with the Institute’s experts on location, and subscription to the IPS’ monthly Plug-In Middle East: Macro-Regional Risk Assessment that identifies critical emerging regional trends and alerts readers to possible game-changing developments.